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German Farmhouse

And now for something completely different...

Built in 1787

This is an old North German farmhouse, built in 1787. Taken in the state of Lower Saxony {Niedersachsen}. It's rather typical for the area and there are many of these old houses in the exact same impeccible state of upkeep. It's amazing when you think what they have seen in terms in terms of history. =)
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Craigdarroch Castle, British Columbia

I saw this "castle" on a TV program and had to look it up. I love old Victorian homes.


In the old days. {Photo by W.C. Mainwaring (UVic Archives Photo No. 008.0605)}


And today.

Taken from the Wiki entry:
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is an historic, Victorian-era mansion. It was constructed in the 1890s as a family residence for the wife of wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. The four-story home is known for it's stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open to the public.

Official website here:
http://www.craigdarrochcastle.com/
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Amsterdam Christmas

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Merry Xmas everyone and Happy Holidays. :)

Amsterdam is always worth a trip but it's especially nice in this season.

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Christmas in Amsterdam is truly a season of celebration, whether or not you celebrate the day itself in its traditional, religious sense.

The Dutch holiday season started weeks ago, November 14, with the arrival of Sinterklaas and all his Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters). The story says that naughty children will be whisked off to SPAIN by these helpers of Sinterklaas, but there were no signs of missing children on the day of the parade. The Pieten received far more attention from the throngs of children than did the Sint himself, perched atop his white horse (perhaps this was due to the fact that they carried candy and cookies, which they gave out to the children by the handful!).

The celebrations continued on the weekend of 5 December, when Sinterklaas (originally the holy day of Sint Nicholaas) is celebrated each year. On the eve of the 5 December, the children leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to wake up to find them filled with sweets. On the day itself, families gathered to exchange gifts and (traditionally) insulting poems and to eat lavish holiday meals.

For visitors to the city, who are more used to the Anglo-American Christmas held on the 24 and 25 December, there is till plenty of fun left to be had. Although the majority of Dutch people have adopted similar traditions of gift exchange and family celebrations during this time, many businesses remain open. Tourists are a welcome sight in the city any time of year, and businesses have learned to cater to the many that choose to spend their Christmas holidays here.

Source - Christmas article:
From http://www.amsterdam.info/events/christmas/

Amsterdam Architecture & Heritage info:
http://www.bmz.amsterdam.nl/adam/uk/woonh.html

Amsterdam General & Tourism info:
http://www.visitamsterdam.nl/
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German Home In Greece?

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I found this to be an interesting home; it's located in Greece.

Nowhere near "traditionally Greek" by any means, but to me, that was part of the attraction. Not that there is anything inheritely wrong with traditional Greek houses - right - I really just LIKED this. ;) Essentially, it is a very typical, average-size North German home that has been painted a bright Scandinavian red. Which would also be unusual in Germany. The color rather reminds of houses in Norway and Finland while the architecture is very German. To find this in Greece of all places in this very combination is sort of like spotting an Arabian palace in Guatemala.

There is speculation if this may be a returning expat's home, or simply that of yet another German who decided to live in a sunny climate and headed to Greece, or at least built a holiday home there. Whatever it may be, it falls into my own personal category of BEAUTIFUL EXTERIORS and thus, has a place here. I love the surroundings as well. Let's hope for them that the area will stay as open and spacious as it is now.